This is an absolutely uncomprimising vision of the futuristic Mega-City 1 and its relentless lawman Judge Dredd. The movie feels like a genuine breath of fresh air among the recent years comicbook movie boom. The straightforward plot and simple story gives Dredd a distinctly old school feel. Combined with Paul Leonard-Morgan's score my thoughts were drawn to such classics as Escape From New York.
Best of all though is Karl Urban. He nails Dredd perfectly and remains true to the character to the extent of not removing his helmet even once during the entire movie. Olivia Thirlby is superb as Judge Anderson, the conscience and heart to Dredd's stone cold lawman with Lena Headey delivering a formidable villain in the shape of Mama Madrigal, a ruthless drug lord threatening the entire city.
The only movie I saw twice in the cinema this year, I wholeheartedly recommend Dredd to any action / sci-fi fan.